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 Post subject: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 16 May 2018, 17:27 
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I'm busy researching all flight gear used by the SAAF, such as helmets, masks, flight suits, life preservers, survival vests, shoes, gloves, etc.

However, I also have a very small collection which I'm trying to build up.

Herewith early SAAF helmets:

The first hard helmet used by the SAAF, the British Helmet Mk1 (no visor). It is used in conjunction with the inner liner Type G (with earphones) and Type H oxygen mask.
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Next up is the Helmet Mk1A (M) (With visor). Earlier Mk1s without visor were upgraded to this standard.
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Initial Buccaneer used the Helmet MkII, which I'd love to acquire. :wink:

The Helmet MkIIIA (with throat mike) was used by Flight Engineers for rescue work. I hope to acquire a MkIIIA with boom mike soon.
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Helmet MkIIIB with P1A oxygen mask:
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Leather flying helmet With Gosport Tubes (circa 1939), used by Capt. Theo Purchase to train SAAF pilots on the Hawker Fury and Hart prior to flying Marauders in North Africa:
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Leather helmet with RAF Mk VIII goggle replica and Impala MkII Helmet MkIIIB:
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I've just acquired a Gueneau 316 helmet with boom mike, but it is missing the visors and visor mechanism. In the process of attempting to purchase spares from France.

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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 17 May 2018, 07:48 
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Very Nice Dean..I am sure if those helmets could speak what stories they could tell us,History is everywhere,thanks for sharing.

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PostPosted: 20 May 2018, 17:52 
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Very nice Dean! :smt023


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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 21 May 2018, 16:38 
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Thanks all.

Not a SAAF helmet, but arrived today in the post. :D

Apparently found in the cockpit of a non-airworthy MiG-21:

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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 22 May 2018, 20:49 
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Nice, collect *all* the helmets! :smt023

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